Misratah: Comprehensive update on how Gaddafi’s forces survive inside the city

The spokesman for the 17th February revolutionary youth in Misratah conducted a live interview with Al Jazeera Arabic earlier this evening in which he explained how Gaddafi’s forces are managing to survive inside the city. He said:

There were attempts to enter Misratah from a number of directions today but were blocked by the revolutionaries. There are however forces and tanks positioned at a number of locations across the city

They are employing the “Scorched Earth Policy”. Strikes are continuous. To the extent it reached Qasr Ahmed, houses heavily damaged. There were no martyrs today, neither were there any serious injuries.

Gaddafi’s forces attack in the morning and hide at night, namely in the College of Medical Technology and the Infectious Diseases Hospital

Past 2 days there were fighter jets flying over the city. Tanks would destroy shops and buildings, park inside and switch engines to hide. When the fighter jets leave, they come out again to resume their bombardment.

Snipers are still present in some areas, namely Tripoli street. They wanted snipers to be their winning strategy, but it hasn’t worked. Now the snipers are just firing at anything in their line of fire. We have worked so hard of defeat them, but the protection they receive from tanks and artillery in the neighbouring streets makes it difficult for us to completely remove them.

We are in constant communication with revolutionaries in other cities. We know that our equipment is no match for theirs. But we fight them with our belief. We believe that we will be victorious despite the sacrifices.

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12 Responses to Misratah: Comprehensive update on how Gaddafi’s forces survive inside the city

  1. Rok says:

    One question:

    Why no activity on the southern road to Waddan and Hun?

    Toga man doesn’t seem to do his best work when he’s forced to devide his resources. And from what I’ve seen, you seem to have the numerical advantage. So why insist on a frontal confrontation? You never do that when facing a better trained and equipped regular force.

  2. Julia Simmons says:

    you ******** do yourselves a disservice playing weird trick like math after posting box and calling people names like spambot. **********

  3. Julia Afaghi says:

    I suspect you abusive assholes are from Israel or pro Ghdaffi as you use ditry tricks and insults to simple tweeters trying to comment to you. go to hell assholes from sick evil disturbed part of universe. I live a sweet clean life in Oregon near Ocean and now know you are sick perverts.

  4. Lennny says:

    How about a nice “Good Job rebels!” “keep on fighting for your freedom!” so much negativity on comments section. Besides, its WAR!, I am tired of these armchair generals rationalizing the most complicated, confusing, and scariest ting Mankind has ever created. ohh grreat, here I go getting dragged into the Trolls trap.

  5. CanadianLibyan says:

    Mashallah alai the freedom fighters. They are doing an excellent job especially considering how little they have to work with. Inshallah Allah will give them victory very soon and the Libyan people will be free and can move on to a better life and the peace that they deserve. Ameen.

  6. ben major says:

    Great. While Libyan’s are being tortured and massacred, people are starting to post here like dysfunctional children resorting to name calling. Show restraint, maturity and focus. There are only two things that matter here: Saving lives and getting rid of the sick leaders of Libya. This is no place for foolishness, children and poison words. *The friends of Libya need to go beyond half-measures, politics and posturing to stop the murder and finish Q and his people. If ever there was a situation that merited boots on the ground, this is it. Just like when Hitler was ravaging the world, and the Allies stopped him. Decent People of the World! Please stopped the grotesque madness in Libya! If you cherish Liberty and Life, demonstrate it. Immediately!

    May God please! protect the innocents from more pain and slaughter. Please bring a kind end to this nightmare from Hell. And may the current leaders of Libya go down to hell quickly and for eternity…God bless Libya and those who come to her aid.

  7. Rok says:

    i just had what i thought was possibly an interesting idea

    sorry i’m alive :S

  8. William Lambton says:

    Hi!

    I have been following Misurata closely now for about a week, using all means available to me, both in English and, using google translator, Arabic. It strikes me that the situation in the city is like the seige of Leningrad (1941-44), but on a smaller scale. Hopefully, better arms or closer air support (or both) will knock out Sirte, soon. One can only admire those who have managed to post videos – some chilling, others shot very close to fire – from inside the city and the immense courage of the inhabitants and those taking on Gaddafi. The above update has been read with a very great deal of interest, as will all further until the city is liberated.

    William Britarmex,
    Ireland.

  9. ankhwashitaw says:

    Rok says:
    March 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    One question:
    Why no activity on the southern road to Waddan and Hun?
    Toga man doesn’t seem to do his best work when he’s forced to devide his resources. And from what I’ve seen, you seem to have the numerical advantage. So why insist on a frontal confrontation? You never do that when facing a better trained and equipped regular force.
    Rok, that tactic seemed to work pretty well until the rebels in Al zawiyah were left with no support when they faced tanks……This has left the rebel force not only untrained, but basically young. Gaddafi seems to have practiced a tyranny that destroys self esteem as well as taking lives….The first wave of rebels could work independently, this wave is young men basically looking to follow their fathers it seems….The rebels were attacked by Bin Jawad, I uess the town got tred of constant waves of strangers…It would seem there is a good amount of colloquialism…It was the internet that bought this about, it will come to an end through the power of ideas. It’s just a matter of putting heads together and coming up with the right ones…The major problem is leadeship.
    There is no way you want to lose all thoe young men to Gaddafi’s hardened forces. You can’t trust his turncoats any further than you can kick them down the road. This would work if their were more off-road vehicles…Their it is………..

  10. CanadianLibyan says:

    Please, people, try to refrain from name-calling and arguing. Our loved ones are dying and going through the worst time of their lives, and to hear petty bickering and name-calling while some are in a life and death struggle is very disheartening and upsetting. Do you know how much it hurts to hear others exchanging silly insults and snotty remarks and talking about unimportant things, when you don’t even know if the people you love are still alive?
    Please let’s try to keep things upbeat, to keep everyone’s morale up and show support for those fighting this battle and just struggling to survive. It’s better to speak good or not speak at all:-)

  11. Patricia says:

    I never thought I would say this, but let’s hope well-organized NATO commandment will effectively coordinate air- attacks and eliminate all Q. tanks and ammunition, etc.

    Keep it up, Q can’t strike forever!

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